Plimsoll Productions

ITV acquires ‘Tiny World’ prodco Plimsoll Productions

The UK’s ITV has acquired a controlling stake in local natural history producer Plimsoll Productions in a deal valuing the firm at £131m ($160m). ITV took a majority interest of 79.5% of the business, which is behind series including Apple+’s Tiny World and Animal for Netflix, for approximately £103.5 ($126m). The stake has been acquired […]

‘Tiny World’ prodco Plimsoll names natural history & science creative chief

UK-based Plimsoll Productions has upped filmmaker and executive producer Martha Holmes to become chief creative officer of the company’s natural history and science output. Holmes, who was previously head of natural history, reports into CEO Grant Mansfield and oversees the 150-strong department. Plimsoll’s recent output includes Tiny World for Apple TV+, Animal for Netflix and the upcoming […]

Sweden’s TV4 & C More remake Norwegian pregnancy drama ‘Heartbeats’

Sweden’s TV4 and C More have ordered a local version of Norwegian drama Heartbeats, after striking a deal via Plimsoll Productions-owned Magnify Media. The 8 x 16-minute format is being produced by Baluba for free-to-air broadcaster TV4 and its sibling streamer C More. Magnify will distribute both the Swedish and Norwegian completed series worldwide, with […]

UK’s Plimsoll ups Saul Goldberg to SVP, production & development

UK-based Plimsoll Productions has promoted veteran creative exec Saul Goldberg to the position of SVP of production and development. Goldberg, who has been leading the company’s US headquarters in Los Angeles, previously served as VP of production and development. In his new role, the exec will continue to work closely with LA-based board member Mark Itkin – […]

UK’s Magnify Media hires ViacomCBS alum to head sales & copros

Plimsoll Productions-owned UK distributor Magnify Media has appointed former ViacomCBS International exec Anthony Appell as head of sales & co-productions. Appell joins having been head of pre-sales and co-production consultant for Viacom International Studios UK for the past three years, where he worked on shows including Story Of The Songs for ViacomCBS’s C5 in the […]

Nat Geo inks first-look Westbrook deal & expands adventure slate

Disney-backed National Geographic is expanding its adventure-based slate, by signing a five-year first-look unscripted deal with Westbrook Studios and making a slew of new commissions. The Westbrook agreement covers the development of all unscripted projects in the areas of adventure, exploration, travel and science for all of National Geographic’s TV platforms and its Disney+ originals. […]

US streamer Fox Nation & Germany’s ARD board Plimsoll, ITVS nature ‘epic’

Fox News Media streamer Fox Nation and German broadcasting group ARD have boarded Plimsoll Productions’ and ITV Studios’ natural history series A Year On Planet Earth. The companies will serve as the first international co-production partners on the 6 x 60-minute blue-chip factual series, which is being made by Tom Hugh-Jones (Tiny World) and Dr […]

Fremantle takes ‘Good With Wood’ production rights in multiple territories

Fremantle has acquired production rights in multiple territories to competition series format Good With Wood following a deal with distributor Magnify Media. The company will be able to produce local versions in Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Hungary, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Poland, Israel, India, Indonesia. Mexico and Australia. The original version of […]

Plimsoll Productions appoints veteran exec Mark Itkin to the board

UK-based indie Plimsoll Production has appointed former William Morris exec Mark Itkin to its board of directors. Based in Los Angeles and New York, Itkin will work alongside CEO Grant Mansfield and VP of production and development Saul Goldberg to advise on strategy across the group with a focus on creating and packaging unscripted content […]